October 7, 2010

Two Vanderbilt transplant programs recognized

Two Vanderbilt transplant programs recognized

Two of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s transplant programs have been ranked among the country’s top performing transplant programs by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The adult Liver Transplant Program and the adult Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Program will receive bronze awards for having high performing transplant rates.

The rankings place both programs in the nation’s top quartile of transplant programs.

The award program, developed by the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice’s Transplant Center Task Force with assistance from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Center and the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, is a way of measuring performance that takes into account post transplant survival rates, transplant rates and mortality rates after being placed on the waiting list.

Kelly Wright, M.D., is the surgical director of the liver transplant program and Michael Porayko, M.D., serves as the medical director of the liver transplant program.

The adult Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Program surgical director is David Shaffer, M.D., and Hal Helderman, M.D., is the medical director of the program.

The awards will be acknowledged during the November meeting of the National Learning Congress in Dallas.